Toronto Famous Sights – Part 1

Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and probably most famous one, along with Vancouver on the West Coast, and Ottawa as the capital.

This is the first post of a series about different interesting and must see sights and places in Toronto, Canada.

St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market in Toronto is composed of South and North Market. From 1845 to 1899, St. Lawrence Market served as a city hall and jail house. There are different programs operated in the Market by the City of Toronto. The North Market is famous for the tradition originating from 1803 where producers from Southern Ontario bring their seasonal products to sell at the Saturday Farmers’ Market. The South Market houses the Market Gallery which is the official exhibition centre for the City of Toronto Archives. Other levels of the South Market house more than 50 specialty vendors, offering a variety of products, from food to non-food items.
Address: 92 Front Street East

Working hours: South Market is opened from Tuesday till Saturday, North Market is opened every day and Market Gallery is opened from Tuesday till Saturday. Working hours depend on the day, so you should check the website for more information.

Admission to the whole complex is free.

Website: http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/

Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre is a non-profit organization from Toronto which operates a cultural center on 10 acres of land on Toronto’s waterfront. The centre organizes over 4000 events and performances all year round. The main events are World Stage (from October till May) and World Routes (from June to September). These events include theater, dance and performance shows, summer festivals, etc. Harbourfront Centre also organizes numerous events for children. The whole area of the center was remodeled in 1982, transforming the industrial space into a mixed-use building with residential areas, offices, shops and restaurants
Address: 235 Queens Quay West

Working hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 9pm

Admission is free for certain events while for the others there is a reasonable price charged.

Website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/

CN Tower

Until 2007, the CN Tower in Toronto was the tallest free-standing structure in the world. The tower was built in 1976 by a railway company Canadian National, but later was conveyed to Canada Lands Company. The height of the CN Tower is 553.3 meters and it serves as communications and observation building. Rotating restaurant at 351 meters of height is called 360. There is another restaurant called Horizons and a café.
Address: 301 Front Street West

Working hours: every day, 9am – 10pm (10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday)

Admission: there are different ticket categories to choose from, the prices start from $8.4.

Website: http://www.cntower.ca/

Toronto Island Park

A series of moving sand-bars extended at the beginning of the 19th century into what is know known as the Toronto Islands. Toronto Island Park is a leisure and recreational area of 569 acres. There are tennis courts, a swimming pool and an amusement park. To get to the park you need to take a ferry from the mainland terminal near the Bay Street.
Address: Ferries leave from the Toronto Ferry Docks at the intersection of Bay Street and Queens Quay.

Working hours: ferries have different schedule according to the time of the year, more information on the park’s website.

Admission: free, but if you want to use the fire pits for making a barbecue you need to pay a permit for its usage (around $70).

Website: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/index.htm

Casa Loma

Casa Loma was constructed in 1914 and it was a residence of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Nowadays, it is a historic house museum and also some theatre plays are organized in the castle. Casa Loma means Hill House in Spanish. The castle has large, 5-acre gardens, stables, decorated suites, secret passages and an underground tunnel. The architecture of the castle features elements from different styles, such as the Romanesque, Norman and Gothic.
Address: 1 Austin Terrace

Working hours: every day, 9:30am – 5pm (last admission at 4pm)

Admission: $18 for adults; there are discounts for seniors, young people and children.

Website: http://www.casaloma.org/

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum of natural history and world culture in Canada. Over 6 million items are located in more than 40 galleries. The museum under this name was founded in 1912 and it was operated by the University of Toronto until 1968. The museum features collections related to Canadian history, European history, African and East Asian art, etc. Besides its permanent collections, the museum organizes many traveling exhibitions.
Address: 100 Queen’s Park

Working hours: every day, 10am – 5:30 pm (9:30 pm on Friday)

Admission: adult ticket – $22, students and seniors – $19 and children – $15

Website: http://www.rom.on.ca/

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